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Enjoy all that NYC has to offer while enjoying a NYC rarity: open space.
You'll have the second floor loft with your own entrance. The space is full of light, with beautiful views of NYC's active harbor. Your loft apartment is a private oasis after a day in the city. This is a great spot to gather with loved ones. The central room can easily accommodate multiple activities. The building is 100 years old, so it provides a unique atmosphere. The two bedrooms allow privacy, and three full-sized pull-out couches are available for additional guests in the center room (the pictures here haven't been updated since we bought the additional pull-outs). 8 people can stay here without stepping on one another's toes. 11 people can stay here, if they get along very well. ONE parking space is provided off-street, free of charge.
No parties or social events without explicit explanation and approval PRIOR to booking. That will be a different charge. No commercial activity. Any kind of camera work will be a different charge. Film shoots BEGIN at $700 per day. PRIOR to booking, we need to know your electrical requirements, your plans for dressing the set, and any hopes for using an exterior rig.
Manhattan access: It is very easy to get around our neighborhood. We are in Tompkinsville, bordering St. George, only a 15-minute walk or 5-minute bus ride from the free 25-minute ferry ride to Manhattan. The walk to the ferry is easy and enjoyable. We have a cab service one block away. A cab from our address to the ferry costs $5. Ferries travel at least every 30 minutes, passing close by the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and Governor's Island. The Manhattan ferry terminal offers immediate access to subways and buses going anywhere in New York City. Estimate 1 hour to reach Times Square and 80 minutes to reach the Metropolitan Museum of Art, but much of that time will be spent on a free scenic ferry ride offering coffee, beer, and food. MTA transfers are good on both sides of the ferry. Stops for a dozen bus lines are within two blocks of us, as is a SI Railroad station. Cars are unnecessary, but we do offer guests a parking space off-street in our gated yard, and parking is easy to find on our local streets. New Yorkers do a lot of walking, but if you want to drive that .7 mile in your own car, the ferry parking lot costs $8 a day.
Our neighborhood: After exploring the city, return to St. George and Tompkinsville for great restaurants and bars, playgrounds, parks, and museums. We live 2 blocks from an active commercial district. You'll stay in a vibrant, diverse area in an historic district with many cultural attractions. We live in a great walking neighborhood. In one direction are bars and restaurants. In the other direction is a historic residential area. All the necessities of life are within easy walking distance. There are two major grocery stores, two laundromats, and at least two drugstores within a couple of blocks. An F.L. Olmsted park is five-minutes away by bus, as are a couple playgrounds.
We have a children's museum and a zoo within a 15-minute bus ride. The first buildings landmarked by NYC are 10 minutes away at Snug Harbor, the largest collection of Greek Revival architecture in the country. Staten Island is a terminal moraine, so there are some interesting geological formations and great hiking close by. The Five Boro Bike Tour goes by a block away, finishing by the ferry terminal. The New York City Marathon starts 3.4 miles away at Ford Wadsworth.
We are a family living on the North Shore of Staten Island. We enjoy books, records, movies, and running around NYC.
As hosts, we are quiet and unobtrusive. We live directly above, ready to make sure your stay exceeds your expectations, but our floors are separated by several feet of concrete. You have your own entrance. You may not even see us, unless you need us. We've set up the second floor as a separate home, the kind of place we would like to stay if we were traveling with family or friends. We often do not see guests - we are busy with our lives and you are busy enjoying this great city.
We have kids. (Don't worry - they're nice!) If you have kids, let us know. We have an extra stroller. We have a portable crib. We have toys. We know what it's like to travel with kids. You don't need to haul a bunch of stuff - just talk to us about what you need and your children like.
Susannah Abbate purchased this apartment in 2006
We love where we live. Our neighborhood is diverse and personable. It's a fun place to live, away from the tourist crowd but full of plenty of interesting places and people. Our building is a rare find in any part of NYC -- a lot of personal space with views of the water. While we are native New Yorkers, we still love to explore NYC's secret nooks and crannies. The city is full of surprises. One of the best parts of living in Staten Island is that it does not have the fast pace of the other boroughs. After a busy day running around, this is a nifty place to be.
This is a 1913 Hoppin & Koen firehouse built in the City Beautiful tradition, former home of FDNY Division 8 and Engine 154. If you are interested in architecture, this is the firm responsible for the Beaux Arts NYPD headquarters at 240 Centre Street. We live in an area rife with historic homes, from Federal era to late Victorian.
If you're interested in baseball, this is where Bobby Thomson came to celebrate after his 'Shot Heard Around the World' in 1951, winning the pennant for the Giants.
If you're interested in FDNY history, we are walking distance from an even earlier firehouse, Robinson Hose Company #9, at 528 Van Duzer Street, built in 1889 as part of the Edgewater Fire Department, a private company before FDNY took over in 1905. Once you're in our home, you'll understand why this site was selected. We are situated on a bluff overlooking the harbor with strategic views of the neighborhood.
Great location and close to the ferry!
Susannah was very helpful and accommodating!
Our stay was great and we had an awesome time. we stayed at the firehouse loft with 6 adults and there was plenty of room.
We had plenty of hot water and managed the stay with one bathroom for 6 adults with no problem.
Susannah was very helpful and helped us get our trip all planned out to visit New York City!
Susannah came to the firehouse loft to visit us per our request to help us plan out our trip and be able to maximize our time and be able to see as many sights in the city as possible she answered any questions we had and provided very detailed information about the city and it sights!
The owners of this property are very accommodating and very helpful!
having the 1 space to park our car off street was nice and having the car behind a gate at the property was nice as well.
This was our first trip to New York city and we enjoyed our stay at the firehouse loft and we plan to stay here again when we return!
Convenient location and cant say enough about how accommodating and helpful Susannah was from the beginning of time when we were planning to book our trip to the day we left and were leaving to go home!
I would recommend this property and stay again at this location!
The ferry ride was close enough to walk to and catch to and from New York City.
The ferry ride was calming on the way back after a long busy day in the city and exploring all day.
The ferry will go right by the statue of liberty and gives you a great view of the city skyline also.
after a long day in Manhattan we visited steinys on staten island which is a local pub located near the Ferry behind the local borough hall.
Had a good time and the bartender Steven was helpful and very nice.
Once we arrived at the firehouse Susannah provided us with her contact number in case we had any questions or needed anything at all.
We did text Susannah a few times and she responded right away and was more than willing to help us as needed!
There were a few umbrellas at the property that were available for use in case of a rainy day.
Great times had by all and I would recommend this place for sure!
Thanks Susannah for all of your time and the great accommodations!
We cant thank you enough for sharing your property with us and all of your hospitality!!
What a great place to stay while visiting NYC. This property is convenient to the bus stop that takes you to the ferry from Staten Island into NYC making travel very easy! It's close enough to the city that travel time is not too bad and far enough from the city that you get a smaller town feeling. Plan to spend some time in Staten Island. There are some great places to eat and things to do.
Also close by is a grocery where you can find most anything you might need. Susannah (property owner) had a well stocked pantry when we arrived. She was also a wealth of information for our trip plans!
The beds were very comfortable and we had everything we needed to make us feel at home. (And if you need anything, just ask!)
Our family of 4 loved every minute! When we come back, we will be staying here again!
My best friend and I very much looked forward to this trip with our two daughters. Unfortunately our trip ended after only 2 nights when we planned on staying for the week. When we arrived Sunday at the loft it didn't take long to realize there wasn't air conditioning. The temperature was consistently 91 degrees! We took cool showers in an attempt to cool off. When we expressed our concern Susannah's husband came to "help" cool off the loft. He suggested opening the exterior door. Well that did offer a breeze, however, we did not feel safe doing that. We didn't feel safe walking to and from the gas station which was less than two blocks away. Tuesday morning at the bus stop our daughters learned about how smoking crack was a winter thing not summer when two men approached her to sell. Tuesday night at the St. George taxi stand we found ourselves in a very scary situation! Our daughters were absolutely terrified! The loft is located in what I would call the hood. We stayed here based on the ratings and didn't research much past that. If you research areas in Staten Island you'll see this is certainly not a safe area! We decided to leave after only staying two nights. We lost money for the nights we didn't stay, airfare we didn't use and cost to rent a car for our 14 hour drive back home. It's unfortunate that we invested time and money into a trip yet didn't do half what we planned. It wasn't worth the risk of putting our daughters in an unsafe situation! I would highly recommend staying in Manhattan or in a safer area of Staten Island. Do your research before booking this loft!!! Don't base your opinion on the reviews only!
Our stay at the Firehouse was really fantastic: our hosts accommodated for all our needs and more :-), the location was perfect and allowed us to see the Statue of Liberty everyday, at different times. First we were a bit afraid of being outside Manhattan, but the travel on the ferry was very nice, relaxing and time went fast.
In summary, we highly recommend the Firehouse as we were delighted with our stay.
Firehouse Loft is a funky cool place to try. Susannah is very respectful of your privacy. She does a great job of providing materials and suggestions for guest who are visiting local attractions. Also, providing things to do if staying in including games and things for children. There is private parking as well. We really liked the feel of the space and that is was big and open. The green room had a comfy bed, pillows and soft sheets. The blue room's bed was a little too stiff for my son. We were only there a couple of days while passing through to another destination. It was fine for that purpose and we had cool enough weather that it was comfortable inside. The kitchen was sufficient and very nice to have. It was within walking distance of many things however, I was not personally comfortable with walking in the area that it is located. Some suggestions that would make it a 4 star review for me are...giving a little history on the building and it's remodeling of spaces - the original layout to include fun stuff like the fire pole location, replacing the non stick frying pans with ones that are non stick(we like to cook breakfast in ;), a few normal size ice trays please, a second mirror preferably full length and outside of the bathroom for others(me) wanting to blow dry or get ready for the day when someone is occupying the restroom, window shades in bedrooms as it is very bright very early. Know that there is a lot of street noise and more so when windows are open for cooling but, thanks to Susannah, there are ear plugs for your use. Give it a go.
Large former fire station within half a mile of the Staten Island Ferry. The 30 mins ferry journey is free and runs every half hour ( or more frequently during commuting times) and gives a wonderful view of the Statue of Liberty and the Manhattan skyline everyone knows from posters! The ferry Terminal Manhattan side is next to the subway and couldn't be easier for getting to attractions quickly.
Really welcoming owners who had wine, fresh fruit and essentials in the apartment. Very comfortable and stylish. Spotlessly clean. Secure off street parking. Manhattan is full on, noisy and hectic and it was nice to dip in and out. We had two small children and we would strongly recommend to friends.
This is New York City, but not a touristy area. We live in the cultural hub of Staten Island, with plenty of historical sites and diverse cultural influences. There is a lot of fun to be had here in Tompkinsville/St. George. We are also a quick and free ferry ride from Manhattan. The Manhattan ferry terminal is at a major intersection and a free transfer to subways reaching the rest of NYC.
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Jan 4 2017 - Mar 23 2017
1 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest|
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest|
|Property Damage Protection||$79|
|Cleaning for 5-6 people||$25|
|Cleaning for 8-10 people||$25|
|Cleaning for 7-8 people||$25|
|Cleaning for 2-4 people||$100|
Housekeeping fees are increased for groups larger than 4, or groups using more than 2 beds. Our base rental is for 4 guests or less. Base housekeeping is $100. Groups of 5-6 guests pay $125 for housekeeping. Groups of 7-8 pay $150 for housekeeping. Groups of 8-11 pay $175. It is A LOT of laundry!
We offer ONE parking space in our side yard. Additional street parking is close and easy to find.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.